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Old 01-16-2004, 02:14 PM   #1
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paint for hitch

The paint on my hitch (tongue) is sort of a dark grey. Though this is a 2003 Bambi, the paint has chipped off in some spots. I would like to touch it up.

Does anyone know the exact paint color and where I could buy it?

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Old 01-16-2004, 03:41 PM   #2
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The paint on my sisters '77 was dark grey too. Must've been repainted sometime in the past. I used a Eastwood paint that was very close. I think it was "Spray Gray". Check out the website @ Eastwoodcompany.com.

I think the original stuff is a dupont color.

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Old 01-16-2004, 05:06 PM   #3
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That spray paint is available from Airstream through dealers.

Not cheap, but the right color.

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Old 01-16-2004, 08:01 PM   #4
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I hope this is not a social gaff, but what is wrong with Rustoleum Aluminum or Rustoleum silver?
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no gaff dick.

the dark metalic paint andy speaks of is expensive, about $22.00 a spray can.

however, it is an EXACT match. you will not be able to tell your tounge was touched up at all.

they also sell silver and plasticote in a can, for the same price.

in respect to the "regular" silver, any good paint should do. i used the offical airstream dark metalic because i didn't want to waste time trying to run around and find a match. 22 bucks seemed like a good deal because i didn't need to try various paints and redo it multiple times.

there is another route if you have spray equipment at hand, the later trailers have the dupont centari number in the owners manual. (i don't have the number handy at this time) you could have a auto paint shop mix you up some.

but again, by the time you mix the paint, buy reducer, buy filters etc. clean your spray equipment up, you are still most likely money ahead useing the 22 buck a can stuff!

i just look at it as an economy of scale thing.

small touch up jobs=expensive spray can from dealer.

paint the entire bananna wrap and tounge=paint from auto body shop.

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Old 01-17-2004, 09:49 AM   #6
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Thanks John, I sincerely appreciate your input.
The tongue is presently painted white, and that is rusting quite a bit so anything would be better.
Actually the plan is to park & plop it at a fly-fishers only campground so a slight deviation will probably not be criticized, I hope.
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I've always wondered - what do the vintage people consider the proper color for the tounge? Mine was silver, and I painted it with an aluminum paint, which made it a little shiney. It looks funny up real close but looks fine a few steps back. I see new AS have black tounges.
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Old 01-17-2004, 12:15 PM   #8
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My son just bought a new car trailer, and the tongue on it is painted a semi-dull black.
I see that all of the new electric tongue jacks are also painted black.
Mabey I'll have to revisit black.
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